Partnership gives skills to youths

An ambitious new partnership is aiming to help young people develop their skills, aspirations and independence.

North east charity Keyfund has signed up to a new strategic alliance with social landlord Isos Housing to engage with young people in communityies where Isos is most active.

A programme worth more than £100,000 will be delivered in certain areas of the north east, including Lynemouth, and Stobhill, Morpeth.

Participants can be aged from 11 to 25, and are given practical opportunities to develop the personal skills and confidence they need to live sustainable, successful and independent lives.

It will also help them become involved with the communities where they live.

Challenges taken on in the past include launching a T-shirt business, doing an underwater litter pick, sending football boots to Africa, and recording a musical album.

Keith Loraine, chief executive of Isos, said: “We are really looking forward to seeing young people develop through the Keyfund programme, and deliver projects in the communities we serve.

“We see massive potential in working alongside Keyfund – our two organisations have a lot in common in our commitment to young people and our values.”

The strategic alliance between the two organisations will see the charity housed free of charge in an Isos office building on Balliol Business Park in North Tyneside.

Keyfund chief executive Hannah Underwood added: “We are delighted to build this strategic alliance with Isos so we can benefit more young people living in Isos communities.

“It is a tremendous endorsement for Keyfund that Isos fully believe in our work and the positive impact we have on the lives of young people.”